Is the Media our Friend or our Foe?

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Pave the Way Foundation takes a stand on the role of the media with the international conflicts we are facing.

Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF), an international non-denomination organization calls for the creation of an award of excellence for accurate and balanced news reporting. "We should also set rating standards for the delivery of information," said PTWF President Gary Krupp. He added that "one element in almost all of the conflicts that we are suffering under must be addressed. The role of the media must be considered when trying to mediate conflicts."

The media has been used as a weapon on all sides, and we must return to reporting how, when, where, and why as the basic structure of any news story. Too many times, individual bias and agendas have been the overriding influence in reporting today. If we ever hope to gain ground in dealing with terrorism and conflicts we must allow intelligent people to get accurate and balanced information.

Mr. Krupp also stated that rightfully so, as free people, we hold sacred the right of freedom of the press. As "their customers" we have the right to demand accuracy and balance and have the right to some positive content in reporting. We are reminded of the quote from Mark Twain, "If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed."

About Pave the Way Foundation
PTWF is dedicated to achieving peace by bridging "the intellectual gap" in tolerance and understanding, by enhancing relations between religions through cultural, technological and intellectual gestures. The Foundation has a simple yet monumental vision: To enable all the world's religions to mutually realize that extremism, politics and personal agendas must not be allowed to poison the true benevolent message common to all faiths. Bigotry and hatred must be abolished by the faithful embracing their similarities and savoring their differences.

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